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Mac and Cheese Shell Casserole with Ham and Broccoli in casserole dish

Shell Mac and Cheese with Ham and Broccoli

Kids love shell mac and cheese, but it gets so old! Try a different take on the classic that incorporates veggies and protein, but keeps all the cheesy yumminess!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1205kcal



  • In medium pot, heat water for pasta. Add 1 T of the salt to water. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package. Once pasta is done, strain and set aside. Note: While pasta is cooking, turn on broiler.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat butter on medium heat. Once melted, add flour, mustard powder, and the remaining ½ T salt. Whisk together until well combined (this is your roux). Slowly, add cold milk to the roux. Turn heat to high. Whisk mixture frequently until lumps go away. Then stir constantly for 5ish minutes, until you sauce is as thick as you'd like. Add 2 ½ cups of the cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
  • Cook broccoli in microwave according to package. Add pasta, cooked broccoli and ham to cheese sauce. Mix together.
  • Pour mixture into 8x10 casserole dish. Sprinkle casserole with bread crumbs and the remaining ½ cup of the cheese. Put dish on top rack of oven and broil for 4 minutes.


Scoop macaroni and cheese into bowls or plates. Serve alone or with a side, like cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumbers, or a salad.
bowl of shell mac and cheese with broccoli and ham
We recommend that all meals for children be served with milk.


Serving: 1 bowl | Calories: 1205kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 4093mg | Potassium: 1050mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2451IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 980mg | Iron: 3mg